National Security

Griffith: Remove derelict vehicles from police stations

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is calling on officers to remove derelict vehicles from police stations on a regular basis.

His call came as he held discussions with Member of Parliament for the constituency of La Horquetta/Talparo, Maxie Cuffie and members of his executive.

The Police Service said that this is part of ongoing transformational efforts to strengthen stakeholder partnerships and community engagement with all Members of Parliament across all 41 constituencies within the nine policing divisions of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Venezuelan Boat Disaster: Coast Guard vessels deployed in search & rescue mission

The Coast Guard has confirmed that it is embarking on a search and rescue mission of a Venezuelan vessel that sank on its way to Trinidad and Tobago, with dozens of Venezuelans on board.

A statement by the Coast Guard said that it received a report at 11.40 pm Wednesday, indicating that a pirogue named B/P JHONNALY JOSE (Registration Number: ARSI-CA-0067) left Venezuela on Tuesday and was reported to have overturned whilst at sea.

44 prisoners on Death Row

Forty-five inmates are waiting on death row for the hangman's noose that will never come.

One of them has been on death row for 23 years.

Housing Minister Edmund Dillon, who fielded questions on behalf of the National Security Minister in the Lower House yesterday, made the disclosures in response to Opposition questions.

Death by hanging is part of this country's laws, but the Privy Council's ruling in the Pratt and Morgan case says it is inhumane to execute an inmate more than five years after sentencing.

Griffith's vex with the media...again

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has criticised members of the media and "social media experts" who he says have been unfair to him.

Griffith took issue with the reporting by media and others, on his handling of the TV Jaagriti issue and his appearance at the Buju Banton concert.

At the end of the 25-minute address, Griffith closed the news briefing without fielding questions and when some journalists sought to get responses on some matter, he replied, "Ask Omatie Lyder" (Editor-in-Chief at the Express Newspaper).

Trini woman living in regret after joining ISIS

A Trinidad and Tobago woman who left this country to join ISIS, says she deeply regrets the decision.

She is one of four women who joined the caliphate and are now among tens of thousands of ISIS family members, mostly women and children, crammed into squalid camps in northern Syria overseen by the US-backed Kurdish-led forces who spearheaded the fight against the extremist group.

They were interviewed by the Associated Press (AP).

Gailon Lawson, of Trinidad and Tobago, said she began to regret her decision even before she reached the "caliphate".

TTPBA: Police must explain their handling of TV Jaagriti issue

The Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) says it's disturbed by the manner in which the police handled their visit to TV Jaagriti and is calling on Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to give an explanation.

The TTPBA says that it has seen the letter from the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) which was sent to TV Jaagriti and notes that it is the standard warning letter which points to Clause D9 of the broadcast concession.

Human remains found in Guapo

South Western Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying human remains which were found near an abandoned well in Guapo on Monday.

The remains were bones, and no clothing was found nearby.

Police are not able to determine whether the bones belong to a man or a woman.

The remains are expected to be taken to the Forensic Science Center in St James for a preliminary examination.

According to reports, at about 10.45 am on Monday, police received information that skeletal remains were found in a bushy area off Duckman  Road, Parrylands, Guapo.

Body found floating, not missing fishermen

Rel­a­tives of two men who are miss­ing at sea were called to La Brea where a body was found float­ing off the Brighton Port on Mon­day.

How­ev­er, they left with­out clo­sure as the body turned out to be some­one else.

Sie­u­nar­ine Gyan­dass, 51, and Videsh Mar­lo, 23, both of Freeport, were aboard the flat bot­tom boat that sank in the Gulf of Paria on March 14. Their bod­ies are yet to be re­cov­ered.

Griffith defends decision to appear on Buju’s stage

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith yes­ter­day de­fend­ed his de­ci­sion to ap­pear on stage dur­ing Bu­ju Ban­ton’s “I am Leg­end Con­cert” stat­ing if he had not done so it would have re­sult­ed in a strained re­la­tion­ship be­tween T&T and Ja­maica.

Grif­fith’s com­ments came hours af­ter he was crit­i­cised on so­cial me­dia for ap­pear­ing at Ban­ton’s con­cert at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain, stat­ing that he was just look­ing for fame and to score points.

Sat being investigated for sedition; police execute warrant on Radio Jaagriti

Officers of the Special Investigations Unit have executed a search warrant at Radio Jaagriti for evidence in relation to an alleged audio-visual clip, which aired on Tuesday 16th April, 2019.

This is according to a statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

It said that officers, led by Inspector Wayne Stanley, proceeded to the radio station, located at Pasea Main Road, Tunapuna, with the objective of verifying the authenticity of the clip and to obtain a copy of the recording, for further investigations.